COVID19 – Information, Links and Resources

CCA Webinar April 3, 2020: COVID-19 Resources and Information


Medical-Legal – Benefits and Community Resources

Juvenile Justice


Education and Special Education

Child Welfare


Medical-Legal – Benefits and Community Resources

Memos and Updates from Jay Sicklick, Director, CCA Medical-Legal Partnership

April 3, 2020
Extended enrollment: Access Health, Energy Assistance, Emergency Snap Benefits, CARES Act Update, Letter to Gov. Lamont from 185 CT Physicians re Insurance for Undocumented

March 31, 2020
Changes in child care settings and fees, Latest Information on the State’s Medicaid Waiver, Changes in DSS policy for HUSKY and other public benefits, Brief word on the CARES Act and forthcoming stimulus checks.

March 27, 2020
Early Childhood remote services (Birth to Three), Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), Educational access (students with disabilities, additional resources), food pantries, cash assistance.

March 24, 2020
Meal sites, child welfare issues, housing evictions, healthcare and health insurance.

March 17, 2020
CCA assistance available to support your work.

Income Security

Public Assistance – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Cash Benefits)

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Seguridad de Ingresos 

Asistencia PúblicaAsistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (Beneficios en Efectivo) 

Beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo 


Health Insurance


Need for Health Insurance due to Loss of Employment / Meets Income Guidelines

Seguro Medico 


Necesidad de Seguro Médico Debido a la Pérdida de Empleo / Cumple con las Pautas de Ingresos 


Utilities and Fuel Delivery

Electric and Gas Utilities

Energy Assistance/Fuel Oil

Servicios Públicos y Suministro de Combustible 

Servicios Públicos de Electricidad y Gas 

Asistencia para Electricidad/Aceite de Combustible 


Food Security


WIC offices are closed for walk-in, but applications and inquiries are being processed by phone. 
Contact information for WIC offices in Connecticut, Department of Public Health

Food Stamps (SNAP)

Free or Reduced-Cost Meals for Students


Cupones de alimentos (SNAP) 

Comidas gratuitas o de costo reducido para estudiantes 
Escuelas están proporcionando comidas a los estudiantes que asisten a sus escuelas. Consulte los sitios web para los distritos escolares individuales para ver qué escuela proporcionará comidas o llame al 2-1-1. 


Housing Protections

Protección de la Vivienda 


Health and Safety Reminders

Recordatorios de Salud y Seguridad 

  • Maximizar la salud comiendo regularmente, durmiendo lo suficiente, haciendo ejercicio, salir al aire libre para tomar un poco de luz solar y vitamina D. 
  • Lávese sus manos y las manos de sus niños, con jabón, durante 20 segundos, al entrar ala casa, antes de comer y también cada pocas horas. 
  • Obtenga medicamentos de respaldo de la farmacia si es posible para cualquier problema médico. 
  • Si está enfermo, llame a la oficina médica para obtener asesoramiento; no vaya a la sala de emergencias sin llamar antes a un médico, a menos que sea literalmente la vida o la muerte.

Jay Sicklick, MLP Director and MLP at St. Francis Hospital/Burgdorf: 
Ada Fenick, MD, MLP Medicial Director: 
Bonnie Roswig, MLP at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Rosenthal, MLP at Yale New Haven Health: 


Juvenile Justice


Press Call: Calling on Governor Lamont and Dept of Corrections to create emergency plan to release incarcerated youth, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), State Senator Gary Winfield, Former Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy Planning, Mike Lawlor, April 1, 2020

Letter to Commissioner Rollin Cook, Dept of Correction, in Support of Incarcerated Youth and Young Adults, March 30, 2020

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance Responds to Governor Lamont’s Lack of Action on Releasing Incarcerated and Detained Youth, Press Release, March 25, 2020

Juvenile Justice COVID Response Letter to Governor Ned Lamont, Chief Administrative Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, and Department of Correction Commissioner Rolland Cook regarding concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on detained and incarcerated youth.  Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and Partners, March 19, 2020


National Juvenile Justice Network 
Resources and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 23, 2020

Martha Stone, JD, Executive Director:


Homeless Students

COVID-19 Response for Students who are Homeless or with Experience in Foster Care
Barbara Duffield, Marissa Meyers, Jennifer Pokempner, Jillian Sitjar, March 17, 2020

See Food Security listed above under Medical-Legal for school distribution locations, 2-1-1, and United Way

Adam Yagaloff, JD, Staff Attorney, Teen Legal Advocacy Project:


Child Welfare


Communications from the CT Department of Children and Families: Services and Temporary Office Closures

Emergency Plan with Transition Age Youth in Foster Care: Checklist for Dependency Attorneys, Youth Providers, and Advocates, March 20, 2020

Resources, Communications and Guidelines from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, updated daily

DCF Guide for In-Home Visitation and Screening of Youth and Visitors to Offices, Facilities and Programs, March 16, 2020

Communications and Technology: List of cellphone carriers, contact information, relief programs & discounts

Connecticut Juvenile Court Operations for Child Protection Matters  


Chronicle of Social Change: Coronavirus, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice 

National Association of Counsel for Children: COVID-19 Resource Hub and Attorney TIP sheet

NACC Children’s Bureau COVID-19 Guidance, March 31, 2020

United States Children’s Bureau and Think of Us: Virtual Town Hall – Coronavirus impact on Older Foster Youth, March 19, 2020 

Stacy Schleif, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Child Abuse Project:


Education / Special Education

State Department of Education

State Department of Education Resource Page on COVID-19 (updated regularly)

Letter from the Center for Children’s Advocacy to State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona regarding recent guidance issued by the State Department of Education and the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on students with special needs, April 1, 2020

State Department of Education: Continued Educational Opportunities and Approved Private Special Education Programs, Brian Klimkiewiz, Special Education Bureau Director, March 31, 2020

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education Opportunities and Special Ed, March 24, 2020 

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education 


Governor Ned Lamont Executive Orders

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7M, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Extension of Agency Administrative Deadlines, March 25, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7L, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Extension of School Cancellation, Public Health Measures, March 24, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7E, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Further Suspension or Modification of Statutes, March 21, 2020


Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Public Schools, Distance Learning Plan, March 23, 2020
Information, Chromebook Distribution, Internet Access



US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students, March 16, 2020

US Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities, March 21, 2020

US Department of Education, Q&A on Services for Children with Disabilities, March 2020


Marisa Halm, JD, Director, TeamChild Youth Justice Project:
Kathryn Meyer, JD, Director, SpeakUp Initiatives and Educational Success Project:


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